NASL and the MISL referees had numbers on the backs mostly for TV and
announcers. The numbers were given out in order of best to worst with the
time you began in the league as a factor. So someone with the number one was
there from the beginning and the guy with number 36 came later and was a
rookie. They did away with the numbers after MISL came back under USSF.
> In the newest entry of Bob Evans' blog, there is a link to the NASL
> Goal of the Year (1981) by George Best. (It is a great goal!) The
> referee (was it Bob?) is in your basic black uniform with the number
> "8" on his back. When and why did referees wear numbers? Ferenc? Bob?
> -- Glenn
> [ Bob's Blog is at:
> http://fortheintegrityofsoccer.blogs.com/artandscienceofrefereeing/ ]